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    2. CNES chooses Eiffage TP to complete earthworks for future Ariane 6 launch facilities

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      June 18, 2015

      CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate (DLA) is prime contractor on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for ground launch facilities in French Guiana. After analysing competing bids, it has selected the consortium led by Eiffage TP to complete the earthworks for the future ELA 4 launch complex dedicated to Ariane 6.

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    3. CNES and bioMérieux extend their collaboration on Aquapad, a unique water quality testing tool

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      January 15, 2018

      Monday 15 January in Marcy l’Étoile (near Lyon), Proxima mission astronaut Thomas Pesquet detailed, during a conference, lessons learned from the Aquapad experiment he performed on the International Space Station (ISS). Developed jointly by CNES and bioMérieux, a world leader in in vitro diagnostics, Aquapad is an innovative device for conducting microbiological diagnostics on a space crew’s drinking water. On this occasion, bioMérieux’s Chairman & CEO Alexandre Mérieux and Gilles Rabin, CNES’s Director of Innovation, Applications and Science, signed a joint statement of interest with a view to pursuing this partnership.

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    4. REMOTE TRAIN OPERATION SNCF, THALES, ACTIA TELECOM AND CNES JOIN FORCES WITH RAILENIUM

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      October 19, 2017

      French national rail operator SNCF, the Railenium test and research centre, Thales, Actia Telecom and the French space agency CNES are launching the TC-Rail remote train operation project. Scheduled to last 42 months, the project aims to demonstrate the ability for a driver to operate a train remotely while retaining a very high level of safety.

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    5. Gliding safely back to Earth

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      February 7, 2006

      Developed by CNES, PRE-X is a reusable atmospheric re-entry vehicle that will demonstrate for the 1st time in Europe the ability to re-enter the atmosphere on an unpowered glidepath. The overall feasibility of the mission has now been validated and 1st flight is scheduled for 2009.

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    6. Picard and PRISMA transferred to launch silo

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      June 8, 2010

      The Picard and PRISMA satellites, encapsulated inside the upper composite of the Dnepr launch vehicle on 4 June, were transferred to the launch silo this Tuesday in readiness for lift-off in one week’s time.

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    7. CNES supports SpaceUp Paris

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      May 7, 2013

      From 24 to 26 May, the first SpaceUp Paris event is being organized by a community of bloggers with a passion for space. An innovative initiative that CNES is supporting by hosting a kick-off session on 24 May at the agency’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, focusing on Ariane 6.

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    8. Syracuse 3A successfully positioned

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      November 2, 2005

      Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre have successfully positioned the Syracuse 3A military telecommunications satellite, launched by an Ariane 5 GS vehicle during the night of 13 to 14 October 2005 from the Guiana Space Centre for the French ministry of defence.

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    9. Venus Express readying for the off

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      August 9, 2005

      The big day is nearing for Venus Express, the European spacecraft dedicated to studying the atmosphere of Venus. After completing the final phase of functional testing, the spacecraft has now arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched atop a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle in October. CNES is a partner on this mission.

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    10. Venus Express to launch on November 9

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      November 7, 2005

      After a launch delay of several days, Venus Express is now all set to go. The European spacecraft dedicated to studying the atmosphere of Venus will launch atop a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle on 9 November from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. CNES is a partner on this mission.

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    11. Un OVNI a poussé à inspecter les antennes utilisées à l’amarrage et au désamarrage de l’ATV

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      August 27, 2013

      La semaine dernière, l’astronaute Chris Cassidy avait remarqué une étrange forme flottant autour de la Station Spatiale Internationale. Il a filmé l'objet et laissé place à bon nombre d’interprétations extraterrestres... Mais les contrôleurs de vol russes ont identifié l’objet comme une protection d’antenne provenant du module de service Zvezda, ce type d'antenne étant utilisé pour l’amarrage et le désamarrage de l’ATV.  

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    12. CNES and ONF sign framework agreement- Space science serving forestry

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      December 5, 2018

      Wednesday 5 December, Christian Dubreuil, CEO of ONF, the French forestry commission, and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed a five-year (2018-2022) framework agreement at CNES’s Head Office in Paris Les Halles. The agreement aims to develop collaboration, encourage and improve uptake of Earth remote-sensing data by ONF and step up feedback to CNES about how such data are being used to manage and preserve the natural environment.

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    13. Assembly and launch facilities

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      November 20, 2020

      Ariane 5 is operated from CNES’s Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana. Before being shipped across the Atlantic, the launcher elements manufactured all over Europe are sent to the ports of Le Havre, Rotterdam and Bremen. They are then loaded in containers onto two ships, the MN Toucan and MN Colibri. On arrival in French Guiana at the port of Pariacabo, they are trucked to the CSG in an oversize convoy. For safety reasons, Ariane 5 activities are spread across different infrastructures covering more than 2,000 hectares (21 km²) of the CSG’s 69,000 hectares. The main buildings through which Ariane 5 elements pass on their way to launch are detailed below.

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    15. Soyuz successfully orbits Metop-C satellite with French IASI instrument from Guiana Space Centre

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      November 7, 2018

      During the night of 6-7 November, Soyuz accomplished a flawless launch from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, placing the European Metop-C (Meteorological Operational Polar) satellite into Sun-synchronous polar orbit with the French IASI instrument (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer). Metop-C was built by Airbus Defence & Space for Eumetsat, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. This was Soyuz’s 19th launch from the CSG and its second this year from French Guiana.

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    16. Ariane 5 launch on 5 April 2018

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      April 6, 2018

      Ariane 5 ECA orbited 2 telecommunications satellites DSN-1/Superbird-8 and HYLAS 4 from the Guiana Space Centre on April 5, 2018. Liftoff at 23:34 (Paris time). Watch the replay on that page !

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    17. Technical features

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      November 20, 2020

      To carry its payload into orbit, Ariane 5 comprises two composites that operate in succession.

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    18. CNES in Bremen for 69th IAC

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      October 1, 2018

      The 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), the annual rendezvous of the international space community, is being held in Bremen from Monday 1 to Friday 5 October, organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and chaired by CNES and IAF President Jean-Yves Le Gall.

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